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Thank you WABI TV 5 for great coverage of Bangor TT on

April 3, 2015. Check out this video!

New Ventures Maine organizes free, one-day Totally Trades conferences throughout Maine to encourage female students to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

Each year more than 500 girls have the opportunity to explore careers in trades and technology. Featured careers include:

  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Welding
  • Building Construction
  • Cable Technician
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Alternative Energy

“We give girls a hands-on workshop experience to spark their interest and raise awareness about a career field that they may not have previously considered, as well as provide female role models – women who can lead by example, having already succeeded in pursuing work that traditionally is viewed as ‘man’s work’,”says Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Aroostook County Regional Manager

Mark your calendars!

  • Totally Trades in Westbrook will be on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center FMI: 207-799-5025
  • Totally Trades in Calais will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at the Washington County Community College FMI: 207-768-9635
  • Spring 2016 conferences will be held in Bangor and Presque Isle. Check back in January for dates and more information.


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Career Success! UTC graduate and former Totally Trades attendee Kim Cotta is featured in this WABI-TV5  profile.

Primary funding is provided by the Maine Dept. of Transportation and Maine Dept. of Education/Career and Technical Education.

Additional in-kind and financial support is provided by

    • Hardypond Construction
    • Cynthia McMullin Fund for Women, of the Maine Community Foundation
    • Cianbro
    • Time Warner Cable
    • Lane Construction Co.
    • Northern Maine Community College
    • Washington County Community College
    • University of Maine at Augusta
    • Local Businesses

There are Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers and Regions throughout Maine that provide hands-on training programs for high school students. For more information about a CTE Center close to you, visit

For more information on how New Ventures Maine is working to introduce girls to non-traditional career fields contact Jean Dempster at 207-621-3434 or


ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Introduction to Making Career Choices2015-10-14 October 14, 2015Build your CareerWestbrookSouthern
Introduction to Making Career Choices2015-10-21 October 21, 2015Build your CareerSacoSouthern
Get Started on Your Career Plan2015-10-22 October 22, 2015Build your CareerBoothbayMidCoast
Career Planning2015-09-24 September 24, 2015
(ends October 22, 2015)
Build your CareerSouth PortlandSouthern
Introduction to Making Career Choices2015-10-27 October 27, 2015Build your CareerSpringvaleSouthern
Career Planning2015-10-05 October 05, 2015
(ends November 02, 2015)
Build your CareerBangorNorth Central
Introduction to Making Career Choices2015-11-10 November 10, 2015Build your CareerMexicoWestern
Get Started on Your Career Plan2015-11-12 November 12, 2015Build your CareerDamariscottaMidCoast
Career Planning2015-10-07 October 07, 2015
(ends November 18, 2015)
Build your CareerStatewide
Introduction to Making Career Choices2015-11-18 November 18, 2015Build your CareerSacoSouthern